Product Review

1
Book Review: CatWise by Pam Johnson-Bennett
2
Dori’s Birthday Wishes
3
Review of Charlie: A Love Story
4
Look Who Is Reading Four Paws and 31 Tales
5
Winner of World’s Best Cat Litter Who Goes First Contest
6
Who Goes First? You Decide #WorldsBestCatLitter
7
All is Calm for Cats… But What About Me?
8
#Weruva Pumpkin Cat Food is Wonderpurr
9
Herman’s Halloween Costume
10
#GroomGenie Made Me Like Brushing

Book Review: CatWise by Pam Johnson-Bennett

CatWise-Americas-Favorite-Cat-Expert-Answers-Your-Cat-Behavior-Questions-0Pam Johnson-Bennett, Certified Cat Behavior Consultant with thirty years of observing and advising experience, has written what I now consider my favorite Go-To-Bible on cat behavior. With credentials like behavior consultant for Cats Magazine, Cat Fancy’s Cat Channel, Catster, plus her U.K. series Psycho Kitty for Animal Planet, Pam clearly has a firm paw on understanding what makes our kitties hiss and purr.

CatWise answers your questions from training your kitten with Boot Camp Basics, to Litter Box Etiquette (in a chapter called Stinking Outside the Box – love it!) to Animal House – keeping peace when its reigning cats and dogs – to Old Friends, making the most of their golden years.

I consulted all of the above chapters and despite my umpteen years steeped in everything feline, I learned something new.

This book would be the purrrfect (sorry) gift for a newbie cat owner, but also for someone like me. Despite a lifetime of experience in a multi-cat home, my cats are still finding ways to tell me I don’t know everything.

CatWise is available October 18, 2016, just in time to kick off your Christmas shopping for the cat people in your life.

I received an unsolicited copy of CatWise free-of-charge from Penguin Random House publisher. My opinion regarding this book is my own, and not in any way influenced by Penguin Random House or author.

 

Dori’s Birthday Wishes

Today is Dori’s 4th birthday. And what does Dori want for her birthday? Treats, of course! Coincidentally, Chewy.com sent us a box of Wishes made by The Honest Kitchen, the makers of Smittens, Dori’s favorite treats. Naturally she was excited to open her present.

dori-makes-birthday-wishes

Wishes treats are 100% Icelandic haddock fillets made for both cats and dogs to enjoy. They are caught in the cold waters off the coast of Iceland using hook and line, not trawlers, to reduce impact on the ocean’s eco-system.  They’re grain-free and perfect for sensitive pets who suffer from allergies or intolerance to certain foods such as grains and proteins. Wishes come in large, dehydrated fillets – they can be snapped into smaller pieces for your dogs or cats. No fillers, by-products or GMO ingredients; made with 100% human-grade ingredients in the USA.

wonderpurr-aroma

Dori thinks they smell stinky good! She couldn’t wait for us to sing ‘Happy Birthday’ to her so she could open the box.

best-birthday-wish

Large, dehydrated planks are hard and crunchy, and easily broken into to smaller pieces…if your pet will wait long enough for you to do so. The strong fish aroma isn’t offensive, and I like that they are made in an FDA-inspected human food facility.

wishes-taste-wonderpurr

I don’t have to guess what birthday wish Dori made this year. The Honest Kitchen came through for her once again!

 

Disclaimer: We have received this above product for free in exchange for our honest review. No compensation other than the product was given. Any claims we make about the products we review are truthful as we see it. Please refer to the link directing you to the product for further information.

 

Review of Charlie: A Love Story

514t0ZrDZELI am a cat person, and I do not garden. With that said, I truly enjoyed Charlie: A Love Story!

It’s Barbara Lampert’s heart that drew me through the pages. I walked with her through Charlie’s journey, and I enjoyed reading about her love of gardening, used as a respite from her roller coaster of worry over Charlie’s decline in health.

This story is told with a surplus of love for her dog that lingers on despite the years that have passed. It’s not one of those gut-wrenching stories where we agonize along with the author. Instead its a tribute to a dog whose love for his companion kept him by her side for as long as he possibly could stay. And its a tribute of an animal caregiver who went to the ends of earth to give her best friend the best of everything she could afford.

I truly loved this story, and I highly recommend it.

Look Who Is Reading Four Paws and 31 Tales

Did you get your copy of FOUR PAWS and 31 TALES yet? All the cool cats n dogs n turtles n ferrets among Twitter’s Anipal community are reading it.

FOUR PAWS and 31 TALES is a collection of pet stories donated by members of Twitter’s Anipal community to benefit Four Paws Lifeline, a 501(3)(c) non-profit organization. Their goal is to provide financial assistance to those pet owners who are not able to afford critical care or emergency veterinary care to their furry loved ones. All proceeds from FOUR PAWS and 31 TALES will benefit Four Paws Lifeline. For more information go to FourPawsLifeline.org

IMG_9932

IMG_9933

IMG_9934

IMG_9935

IMG_9936

IMG_9937

Winner of World’s Best Cat Litter Who Goes First Contest

LITTER 1

LITTER 2

LITTER 3

LITTER 4

LITTER 5

LITTER 6
LITTER 7
LITTER 8
LITTER 9
KIM: As promised, World’s Best Cat Litter was virtually Dust Free! It had no scent, and I liked the feel of the litter. It scoops easily. However, a friend pointed out that their cat was allergic to corn, and had to incur some expensive vet cost because they weren’t aware of their cat’s allergy at the time they used this litter. Therefore, I would recommend keeping a close eye on your cat’s reaction before doing a full switch.
Yes, it’s expensive, and honestly a wee too pricey for me to use as I have ten cats and umpteen litter boxes. However, when traveling with Herman, I may opt to use World’s Best Cat Litter, as having a dust free option in the car would be pleasant for all of us.

Thank you Chewy.com for letting us try this litter.

Disclaimer: We have received this above product for free in exchange for our honest review. No compensation other than the product was given. Any claims we make about the products we review are truthful as we see it. Please refer to the link directing you to the product for further information.

Who Goes First? You Decide #WorldsBestCatLitter

IMG_8580Hi everyone! Kim here, the much-abused guardian, caretaker and custodian of The Wonderpurr Gang. As you may know, Herman and I occasionally review pet products for Chewy.com. Recently we were asked to review World’s Best Cat Litter.

I’ve heard a lot of good things about this cat litter. It’s Quick Clumping, and it’s made with naturally absorbent whole-kernel corn that creates Outstanding Odor Control. However, what really matters to me is it’s reputation to be 99% DUST-FREE.

I have allergies. My husband has allergies. A few of my cats have allergies. But beyond that…frankly, I hate to dust. And we all know that a lot of cat litters on the market could compete with a haboob. In fact, I’m pretty sure the litters I’ve used in the past have created my very own haboob in my cat apartment. So I’m anxious to see just how Dust-Free this brand of cat litter really is.

You’d think doing a review for cat litter would be pretty simple for me. However, this is where the problem starts. There are ten members of The Wonderpurr Gang. and we have umpteen litter boxes, something Chewy didn’t take into consideration when they sent me a 7 lb bag.

My cats all line up behind Ray and I when we clean the litter boxes, jockeying for position to be the FIRST to use a fresh box.

We all love a fresh box, right?

I hate to set up just one box of World’s Best Cat Litter and then let them duke it out for first dibs. <— This truthfully translates to: I don’t wanna be the bad guy, giving the cool new litter to Herman, or Dori, or Opie or… That would be akin to saying to the world: This is my FAVORITE CAT.

Like any good mother, they are ALL my favorites.

Every damn one of them.

What to do…what to do?

Well. I finally decided to take the heat off of me and put it on to you. Yep!

Y.O.U.

Below each member of The Wonderpurr Gang has written a brief statement on why they should GO FIRST. After you have read their statements, you can vote–just once–by leaving a comment.

Voting will start NOW and ends Wednesday, April 27th.

The winner of who gets to GO FIRST will be announced with a pictorial review on Friday April 29th.

So  let the pleading begin!

 

IMG_8616Hi, I’m Opie and I have issues. I’m the second oldest of The Wonderpurr Gang, and would like to be THE FAVORITE, but we all know Herman is Mom’s favorite. He gets everything new: cat carrier, stroller, beds, toys…while I get his leftovers. Makes me cranky. Makes me jealous. Makes me want to spray something…like Mom’s new couch. Just once I’d like to be first, even if its to use nice, fresh, never used litter. So, VOTE FOR OPIE!

 

IMG_8605Hi! *wavy paws* Dori here. I’m the baby of the family and Life is Wonderpurr for me. But I was one of four kittens, and then I moved into my Forever Home and have to share wif my ten fursibs. It would be nice to have the potty box all to myself, just once. So, VOTE FOR DORI!

IMG_8614My name is Chauncie Marie. I was born in the woods, and lived the first five years of my life in backyards, eating whatever noms came my way. I had a nice bed and food in the yard of my future Forever Home, but I had to wait for an opening until I was allowed to move indoors. I’m very happy now being an indoor cat. I don’t ask for anything. I don’t want to make trouble and risk getting put back outside, so I’m very low-key. You don’t have to vote for me. I am happy to use a used litter box. But if you feel inclined, then VOTE FOR CHAUNCIE MARIE!

IMG_8606Hi Furends! Herman here! Thanks for stopping by and voting. I’m the star of FINDING MYA . I’m also the oldest of The Wonderpurr Gang. I’ve had to share a box my whole life, waiting in line, pawing aside used litter… Disgusting! Okay, so I get a box to myself when I travel to Grammy’s house, or to Blogpaws. But I can’t help that. I’m the only kitty who likes to travel. Anyway, I’d enjoy being the first to use this new cat litter, so VOTE FOR HERMAN!!!

IMG_8608Meow! I’m Peaches, the Alpha Queen of The Wonderpurr Gang. I gave birth under a deck when I was a year old, but then the deck was closed up and I had to move my kittens to a new safe place. That was the porch of my future Forever Home. My two kittens, Jack and Jesse, were also adopted. I’m so thankful to have a nice safe home, and to still have my two kittens with me. But…dammit, just once I’d like to use a fresh litter box without having to hold my nose cuz someone else used it first. So, please vote for me, PEACHES!

IMG_8607Hello! It’s me, Gidget! I’m known for hanging out in the kitchen, helping my Mom cook. We make some pawsome dishes together, but you know how it is. Food goes in one end and comes out… Well. You know. Since I’m responsible for much of the cuisine in this house, I think everyone would agree that I should be given first priority when it comes to using the litter box. So, VOTE FOR GIDGET!

IMG_8611Jack here. I’m the strong silent type. I suffered an accident when I was about a year old. I haven’t shared the full story with anyone, even my Mom or human pawrents. But I was gone for 3 weeks, and when I came back, I was walking in circles, unable to balance. I spent a long time at the vet, and when I finally came home, I had had enough of people pawing me. I decided to be feral, and never let anyone touch me again. That was six years ago, and I’m still a total touch me not. But I love hanging out with my fursibs, and within the last year I’ve decided my human mom isn’t so bad, and I let her pet me while I eat. So for that reason alone, I think I should get first dibs on using this new cat litter. VOTE FOR JACK!

IMG_8609Hey! Hi! I’m Jesse, Jack’s litter mate, and son to Peaches. I’m a laid-back kind of guy who shares a garage apartment with Nikolas. We have a couple of comfortapurr cushy chairs, a nice cat tree, heat lamps during winter, and the best of both worlds: freedom with safety, plus our very own litter box. Yeah, it’s just the two of us sharing one box, so maybe that doesn’t sound dire to you. But let me reassure you, even small things, like being first in a fresh box is important. So, VOTE FOR JESSE!

IMG_8613I’m Nikolas, Dori’s cat daddy. I am also Jesse’s garage roommate. Life is good for me. I get to patrol my yard, sit on the fence and sing to the moon, and cuddle under a heat lamp on a fuzzy blanket with a comfy chair during thunderstorms. I have to share a litter box with Jesse, but that’s a small price to pay in order to have a great Forever Home. I guess I should be just thankful that I am happy, well-fed and adopted, but getting a fresh litter box to myself, just once, would be more than pawsome. It would be wonderpurr! So, VOTE FOR NIKOLAS!

IMG_8612Yo! I’m Frank. Last to be adopted. Last to present my case for getting first crack at dis new litter stuff. That’s okay, I’m thankful to just have a nice home and my own bed. I’m a well-padded tabby with claws, and a chip outta my ear from a long-forgotten fight. I was born on the streets, and had lots of Cattitude cuz…had to in order to survive. The fights left me with hip dysplasia, and hurting made me extra cranky, so I fought even more. But then I met my human pawrents, and even though I was angry, aggressive and bit rough around the edges. they said they loved me just the way I wuz. They even invited me to sleep in bed with them. Almost made me cry, except tuff guys aren’t supposed to cry. Ahem! *wipes tear* So, if you want to  vote for me to use dis new litter first, that’s okay. And if not, then that’s okay too. Fresh litter is a luxury among ten cats, but I’m very thankful to be one of them. VOTE FOR FRANK!

Kim here – Okay so now you’ve read everyone’s plea to win your vote. You vote by LEAVING A COMMENT. One vote per purrson. Thank you all for taking the time to read this and to vote. Be sure to check back on Friday, April 29th to read the Winner’s Review of the World’s Best Cat Litter.

IMG_8578

Disclaimer: We have received this above product for free in exchange for our honest review. No compensation other than the product was given. Any claims we make about the products we review are truthful as we see it. Please refer to the link directing you to the product for further information.

#Weruva Pumpkin Cat Food is Wonderpurr

IMG_1985

Weruva Pumpkin for Cats

Hi! It’s me, Herman!!! When I went to Blogpaws in Las Vegas in 2014, I was on too many medicines and they pretty much stopped me from feeling good in my tummy.

In fact, I missed the first day of the conference because my pawrents had to rush me to PetsMart’s vet clinic for an enema. So embarrassing!

My mom mentioned to the Weruva people who had a booth that I wasn’t feeling well, and they gave her packages of their pumpkin canned food for me to try. I can be a fussy eater sometimes, especially when I’m not feeling well. But I shocked my mom by not only eating the Weruva with pumpkin, but I actually licked the plate and wanted more.

So when Weruva recently asked if I wanted to review their pumpkin selections,  with flavors like Meow Luau (with mackerel and pumpkin), Steak Frites (with beef and pumpkin in gravy), Funky Chunky (chicken soup with pumpkin), and On The Cat Wok (with chicken and beef in pumpkin soup), I couldn’t wait for my order to arrive:

Dori had heard about how great pumpkin is, and she was anxious to try it too:

Dori: My turn to do review!

My mom misunderstood that pumpkin is typically used for cats with constipation issues. But it’s not!

Pumpkin has a very high fiber content, so yes, it gets our gastrointestinal ( just learned big word on my Word for the Day calendar) system moving, but it can also firm stuff up if we are feeling a bit…runny.

Herman: It will also sweep out the hairballs…

Dori: I don’t have hairball issues.

Herman: You would if you took time to groom yourself… And I’m told, pumpkin is great for weight loss, as it helps us to feel full. When I told my mom about the weight loss aspect of eating pumpkin, she started eyeing my Weruva order for herself, but I told her, ‘No! It’s mine!’

Yes, Weruva canned food with pumpkin is human grade, but it’s made for cats. And at my house, 8 out of 10 members of the Wonderpurr Gang loved the yummy choices.

NO

Dori: Sorry Weruva, you can’t win them all. Must be a black cat thing…

Herman: Anyway, the way we tucked into our pumpkin noms convinced Mom to stock up on Weruva with pumpkin puree for cats.

So, for those of you who have the attention span of a squirrel on too much caffeine, here is a recap as to why you should feed your cats Weruva with pumpkin:

Weruva pumpkin puree for cats

WERUVA PUMPKIN PUREE FOR CATS

Dori: Well, that was fun! Another great review for a great product. I’m hungry! I’m gonna go ask Mom to open that can of Funky Chunky for me.

Herman: Hey! That ‘s mine!

Dori: No, Mom said you can’t have that one because you lick up the funky and leave the chunky.

Herman: *sigh* Well, can I have the one called Funk in the Trunk, if I promised to nom both the funk and the trunk? Dori? Dori! Come back with my pumpkin noms! Moooommmmm!

 

Disclaimer: We have received the reviewed product free-of-charge. Our claims and/or opinions regarding this product are not in any way influenced by the provider of the product, Chewy.com nor the product manufacturer.

#GroomGenie Made Me Like Brushing

Recently I was asked to review the Groom Genie, a palm-size, paw-shaped bristle brush designed to detangle knots in our fur, as well as sweep away dirt and loose hair.

And now my sisfur, Adorapurr, will demonstrate a use for the Groom Genie other than brushing our fur. Dori, take it away!

Darn! I was just getting into the mewsic too!

Anyway… the Groom Genie is big hit with the Wonderpurr Gang. There wasn’t one of us who didn’t have a good case of elevator butt, or roll over for a tummy grooming.

You see, using the Groom Genie is just like our mom is petting us with a zillion fingernails. Those tiny bristles in the Groom Genie slip past our fur right down to our skin where it sweeps away dirt and loose hairs while giving us what feels like a calming massage.

In fact, after I was groomed, I took a nice long nap. It made me comfortapurr instead of stressed like brushing with slickers and other types of pet brushes have done in the past.

So we are now fans of the Groom Genie at my house. Yay!

To get your own Groom Genie, click here for more details.

Chauncie for Groom Genie

Chauncie for Groom Genie

Disclaimer: We have received the reviewed product free-of-charge. Our claims and/or opinions regarding this product are not in any way influenced by the provider of the product, nor the product manufacturer.

Copyright © 2011-2017. Wonderpurr Life Publishing.